Spinal fusion surgery not associated with stroke

December 10, 2012
Spinal fusion surgery not associated with stroke
Undergoing spinal fusion surgery does not affect the risk of stroke within the three years after surgery, according to a study published in the December issue of the European Spine Journal.

(HealthDay)—Undergoing spinal fusion surgery does not affect the risk of stroke within the three years after surgery, according to a study published in the December issue of the European Spine Journal.

Jau-Ching Wu, M.D., from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan, and colleagues compared the incidence and risk of stroke in 2,015 individuals who underwent posterior lumbar and 16,120 age-, sex-, and propensity score-matched controls.

During three years of follow-up, the researchers found that the overall stroke rate was 9.99 per 1,000 person-years. The risk of stroke, , or ischemic stroke was lower in the lumbar group but the differences did not reach statistical significance.

"It seems unlikely that posterior lumbar fusion increases the risk of stroke compared to matched patients," Wu and colleagues conclude. "Exclusion of patients as candidates for lumbar fusion due to fear of postoperative stroke is not supported by our data."

Explore further: Study tests unilateral versus bilateral lumbar fusion

More information: Abstract
Full Text

Related Stories

Study tests unilateral versus bilateral lumbar fusion

April 9, 2012

(HealthDay) -- For patients with degenerative lumbar diseases, the unilateral pedicle screw (PS) instrumented transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) procedure results in shorter operative time, less blood loss, and ...

Instrumented spinal fusion method impacts infection rate

May 21, 2012

(HealthDay) -- For patients who undergo instrumented spinal fusion, the rates of infection are higher among those who receive posterior lumbar interbody fusion compared with those who receive posterior or posterolateral fusion, ...

No increased risk of stroke after spinal fusion surgery

August 9, 2012

(HealthDay) -- In the three years following spinal fusion surgery, the incidence of stroke is similar to or insignificantly lower than that of controls, according to a study published in the June issue of The Spine Journal.

Total hip replacement surgery may increase risk of stroke

November 8, 2012

Risk of ischemic stroke increases by nearly 4.7-fold and hemorrhagic stroke 4.4-fold during the first two weeks after total hip replacement surgery, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Recommended for you

Heart attack treatment hypothesis 'busted'

July 6, 2015

Researchers have long had reason to hope that blocking the flow of calcium into the mitochondria of heart and brain cells could be one way to prevent damage caused by heart attacks and strokes. But in a study of mice engineered ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.